The Billboard record charts are the key to understanding the meaning of Gimme Back My Bullets. Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn’t changing their position on gun control…..they were expressing frustration that their songs weren’t doing better on the charts.
Here is the definition of the types of bullets they meant (as captured in wikionary.org)…..
with a bullet
- (of a hit record) that has entered the charts in a high position, or has climbed rapidly in the charts, or is thought to have the potential for further rapid advancement
- “Free The World” has moved up again and is now Number 25 with a bullet on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Charts!!”